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University of Toronto St. George
School of Environment
Jack Parkinson

Human Population Dynamics Demographics: identified the high Gross National Increase for less developed countries and developed countries. Economic indicators to identify less developed countries, other ways to look at quality life issues: Genuine Progress Indicator. Human Developed Index: capture quality of life, more then just income such as gender equity. Different ranking of countries, for example Sweden per capita income ranks higher then U.S., quality of life. The Genuine Progress Indicator: complex measurement, environmental indicators. GPI compared to the GDP, in the province of Alberta. Blue line: represent GDP, growing: a lot of oil development, discoveries. Red line: GPI, decreasing in time in contrast with the GDP, social well being was best in 1961. If there is a toxic oil spill in Alberta the GDP for the province goes up, because jobs are created, income. But the environmental impact in the area the lifetime of the fisher men, lifestyle decline. Demographic Transition: moving from high death rates to a place we had low birth rates and death rates. Pre-industrial: before large industries come in, infant mortality seems to be high, and death rates because of the social conditions. The population doesnt grow very rapidly. Transitional: lower death rate, more reliab
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